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By ninemsn staff
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Air date: Monday, April 19, 2010
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Australia's "bulk buy queen" Karen Rout says families can shave cash off their cost of living just by purchasing everyday items in bulk quantities.

"I'm telling you that you can save up to 50 percent off your shopping bill by buying in bulk," she says.

Karen believes bulk shopping outlets are a treasure trove where you can find 1000 tea bags for $21, 80 nappies for $25 and 48 toilet rolls for $27.50.

But Clare Buchanan from Woolworths says it's not always cheaper to buy in bulk.

"Well, customers who are looking to save a bit of money and perhaps buy in bulk, don't discount your local supermarket because there are some great bargains to be found," she says.

So we've put bulk buying to the test and to see how the cost of everyday items compare at local supermarkets and bulk outlets. And we've found that sometimes buying in bulk means you pay more.

Spaghetti 5kg
Bulk: $11.90
Supermarket: $22.50

Nescafe Coffee 1kg
Bulk: $46.95
Supermarket: $55.28

Milo 9kg
Bulk: $24.40
Supermarket: $22.75

Peanut Butter 2kg
Bulk: $17.90
Supermarket: $16.36

Margarine 4kg
Bulk: $35.10
Supermarket: $32.56

Buying in bulk is not limited to packaged items. Rod Borthwick says you can eat meat for a fraction of the cost if you buy and store bigger portions.

"Compared to other retailers , we can save you up to 50 off your meat bill," he says.

Best mates Paul Ryan and Peter Brooks run Highland Farms in NSW and after years of struggling to get a fair price at the yards, they decided to sell online, straight to you.

"It's tough at the moment and people don't have a lot of money, so this is a very economical way to buy your meat," Mr Ryan said.

Here's what we found:

Sausages per kg
Bulk: $3.49
Supermarket: $5.90

Mince per kg
Bulk: $5.99
Supermarket: $9.50

Porterhouse steak per kg
Bulk: $14.99
Supermarket: $25.00

Chicken wings per kg
Bulk: $1.79
Supermarket: $4.00

Kath Armstrong from consumer advocate website www.cheapskates.com.au says you don’t need to sacrifice quality to grab a bulk bargain.

"There should be no difference in quality when you buy in bulk, it should be exactly the same as what you'd normally buy," she says.

NSW
ABCOE sells meat, frozen food, groceries and cleaning products to the public in bulk.
Units 4, 5, 7 & 8 ABCOE Centre
69 York Road, Jamisontown (South Penrith) NSW
Phone: 02 4725 1200

Pozza Foods Pre-prepared Pasta: www.pozzafoods.com.au
58 Joseph Street
Lidcombe NSW 2141
Phone: 02 9646 2696

Harkola Grocery Store
3 - 7 Highgate Street, Auburn
Phone: 02 9737 8883

Highland Farm Meats: www.farm-meat-online.com.au

Victoria
Rod Borthwick's Proud Chick Poultry
225 Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights
Phone: 03 9773 4344

COSTCO
Docklands
381 Footscray Road
Docklands, Victoria 3008
Phone: 03 8602 0300

Proud Chic Mega Meats: www.proudchic.com.au
Phone: 03 9773 2202
225 Wells Road Chelsea Heights Victoria 3196

NQR Grocery Clearance Stores: www.nqr.com.au

Aussie Farmers Direct: www.aussiefarmers.com.au

Gippsland Lean Beef www.gippslandleanbeef.com.au

Queensland
Meat Warehouse: www.meatwarehouse.com.au
6 Binary St, Yatala. Phone: 07 3287 2688
70 Chetwynd St, Loganholme Phone: 07 3209 8331

The Grocery Club (Lee Turner featured in our story)www.thegroceryclub.com.au

Brisbane: 385 Sherwood Rd Rocklea Q 4106
Gold Coast: Shop 11, 345-367 Southport Nerang Rd Ashmore Q 4214

Mitchell Grass Meats www.mitchellgrassmeats.com.au

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